China announces yet another crackdown on religious freedom

"China will enforce new restrictions on religious groups, organizations, meetings, and other related events starting on February 1." - Catholic Herald

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Bert Perry's picture

We can quibble over precisely what loyalty is "owed" by Chinese Christians to the state and what the state's concept of "socialism" is today (I'd argue it's really more mercantilism these days, but with little room for freedom of thought by subjects), but I think it's pretty clear that Beijing is seeing Christianity as a real threat to their rule.  

And quite frankly, because the Bible is true and Marx and Mao are false, they're right.  Christians are not, to my knowledge, picking up Kalishnikovs to fight Beijing, but they've got weapons far more powerful.

Aspiring to be a stick in the mud.

Andrew K's picture

Bert Perry wrote:

We can quibble over precisely what loyalty is "owed" by Chinese Christians to the state and what the state's concept of "socialism" is today (I'd argue it's really more mercantilism these days, but with little room for freedom of thought by subjects), but I think it's pretty clear that Beijing is seeing Christianity as a real threat to their rule.  

And quite frankly, because the Bible is true and Marx and Mao are false, they're right.  Christians are not, to my knowledge, picking up Kalishnikovs to fight Beijing, but they've got weapons far more powerful.

"Mao was 70% right and 30% wrong (but don't you dare ask questions about the 30%, and never bring it up again)" - Official Line of the CCP on Mao :) 

Bert Perry's picture

Mao was 0.7% right and 99.3% wrong, as far as I can tell.  100 million people who died before their time due to Mao's cruelty and incompetence would tell you this if they could.  This is a big part of why Beijing is so sensitive about people with different ideas--simply by disagreeing with Mao, they're fairly likely to be right.

Aspiring to be a stick in the mud.